Rally Monte Carlo: Early duel between Ogier and Loeb
The Rally World Cup is started with a duel of its French part-time stars in the new season. © Provided by sport1.de Rally Monte Carlo: Early duel between Ogier and Loeb The Rally WM is started with a duel of its French part-time stars in the new season. Series world champion Sebastien Ogier was just before Rekordchampion Sebastien Loeb at Start on Thursday evening in Monte Carlo - in the further course of the year, there will probably be this duel.
sufficient stability is the Toyota Gr Yaris for the Rally Championship (WRC), now the optimization of the set-up and the search for additional performance is the focus: this is the same The conclusion of team boss Jari-Matti Latvala for the recent tests in Croatia, where from next Thursday (April 21), the third run of the WRC Season 2022 takes place. © Motorsport.com Motorsport Photo
"So far, the focus was on the reliability and the function of the hybrid system, but now we can really work to optimize the set-up of the car and try to make it even stronger" , says the Finn.
After a measured preparation time on the WRC season 2022, Toyota - as well as the other manufacturers M-Sport and Hyundai - the good two months pause since the last World Cup run in February in Sweden, to continue the new rally1 cars to test.
Loeb writes in Monte Carlo History
Sebastien Loeb secures the overall victory at the Rally Monte Carlo. The record world champion thus triggers a Sweden as the oldest winner in the Rallye World Cup. © Provided by sport1.de Loeb writes in Monte Carlo History Record World Champion Sebastien Loeb has risen to the oldest winner of a run in the Rally World Championship.
Rovanperä: Upgrades make car better
"The first two events of the season with the new regulations were very intense and the break in the schedule has given us the opportunity to evaluate the learned and further develop the Gr Yaris Rally1," says Latvala. "We had some test days on gravel in Sardinia and then last week the test before the event in Croatia."
Especially with the course of the test on asphalt in Croatia, the World Cup-leading Kalle Rovanperä shows extremely satisfied. "Immediately in the morning, I had a very positive feeling for the car, and the whole day was quite good," says Rovanpera, who passed a test for the tire manufacturer Pirelli in Croatia last week.
"We made new things and tried what's always best, and also [can i] see that the new things improve the car," holds the young Finn. "I think we have done really good progress since the last time, when we were on asphalt on asphalt. Hopefully it is fine at the event."
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Rovanpera lacks experience in Croatia
Rovanpera travels in the second year in a row as a World Cup leader for the Rally Croatia. "Of course it's exciting [the championship to lead], it's the same situation as last year, but hopefully we'll get along a bit better in Croatia."
Last year, Starting Position has not been lucky for him: Rovanpera's first rating test and argued in the episode, which is why the rally for him is in the bottom of new territory.
"I think the biggest challenge for us is to compensate for the difference in experience to the guys who have denied the race last year," he says. "We are missing the experience, and with an event like this, the conditions, grip and stages seem very difficult."
with image material from Toyota Gazoo Racing.
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